Daigo Saito has been super busy this off-season buying cars, NASCAR engines, playing drift pinball, and even buying Sam Hubinette’s old Dodge Challenger. He has taken the Challenger to Japan and this video shows him testing it out at Ebisu Circuit. Daigo is rumored to be running this Challenger or a NASCAR V8 powered Dodge Viper for the 2013 D1 Grand Prix season. What do you think of his Ebisu Circuit shakedown of the Dodge Challenger?
We got some shots mailed to us today showing off Kenji Takayama in his new white Lexus GS350 testing at Nikko Circuit. Kenji is running Goodyear tires for the 2013 season and is most famous from his FD Mazda Rx-7 title sponsored by Exedy. How do you think this car will hold up and compete in the 2013 D1 Grand Prix season?
So the new Option Video talks to the world about his NASCAR powered Dodge Viper heading to the D1GP series in 2013. While we don’t have a translation on the video we got some tips from an article at Enginelabs.com telling us about the motor set to power this Dodge Viper.
The article talks about the engine tech for this Nationwide Series Dodge 356ci V8 which received an EFI conversion and some help from AEM. If you want to dig into some hardcore tech with NASCAR motors or just read up more on what engine build Daigo will be taking to D1 this upcoming season read up on this great piece below.
Naoto Suenga took to Facebook so he could share his new 2013 D1GP build with all his fans. The Team Orange driver is set to run an orange S15 Silvia in D1 with a RB26 engine. They are estimating 1000hp with the car with great partners such as Koyo and Garrett Turbo. What do you think about his swap into this Silvia for the new drift season?
We have now created a second YouTube page called “DriftingArchive” which is meant to take our terabytes of archived drifting content over the past 5 years and make it browsable on YouTube. We have already put up almost 100 videos from past events such as NOPI Drift and Spring Matsuri. To celebrate and introduce our new page our intern Eddie Luchembe mixed some 2009 Matsuri footage together and made the video above.
We are stacking up drift events for the 2013 season on our Find An Event tab over at Wrecked Magazine. With great series from all over the world added into our calendar such as Formula Drift, Formula Drift Asia, D1GP, D1SL, BDC, EEDC, Drift All-Stars and the Russian Drift Series for the new year. If you see any grassroots or professional series we are missing at Wrecked feel free to submit it to us through the contact form.
Here is a three and a half minute video from Maiham-Media taking you around the Japanese street drift scene. This is quite a different street night scene from the BMW M5 street attack video we saw earlier this week. On top of it all this is some of the best shot night street drifting we have seen in some time. Sit back and enjoy a few minutes from the underworld of the Japanese industrial streets.
The kickoff of the 2013 D1 Grand Prix season is normally looked at the Tokyo Auto Salon which brings out a huge group of drivers to put on an exhibition of the parking lot. Here is Daigo Saito with his Sunoco Fuels sponsored Lexus IS250-C. This car sounds quite insane as he rips around the TAS parking lot.
We just assume that you guys never get tired of watching these crazy videos from Japan’s grassroots scene because we never do at the Wrecked Magazine office. Even with poking around this YouTube owner’s http://ameblo.jp/ blog I still really couldn’t figure out much information about the video event or what track they were at but just sit back and enjoy this one anyway.
Here is just a quick little 13 second tandem video showing a great tandem run that went down last week. We don’t have much more information on the event but you cannot really beat watching a door to door tandem battle like this one.